Metro Detroit: Newsmakers June 6, 2007




Detroit News:

Paul Christy, a key figure in Detroit radio for more than 30 years, died in Grand Ledge Monday morning after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 69. Christy, whose real name was Christides, was an on-air personality, but he was also a programmer whose influence is still felt, launching such programs as the sultry nighttime music show "Pillow Talk" on WNIC-FM (100.3). He also brought a young Ann Arbor radio personality up to WNIC, where he became that morning powerhouse known as Jim Harper (now on WMGC). Born in Pontiac, Christy attended Central Michigan University. In the grand tradition of young radio talent, Christy worked all around the country before settling back in Detroit in 1970... Influential radio personality, 69, dies (Wed, 6/6)

Longtime local radio personality Rhonda Hart died overnight Monday at her home. She was 46. The cause of death was unknown. Hart was a 25-year veteran of several Metro Detroit radio stations. At the time of her death, Hart was working at Christian radio station WMUZ FM (103.5), where she co-hosted a morning show with Jon Culbert. Hart was hired at WMUZ two years ago, said General Manager Frank Franciosi. Franciosi said he hired Hart because he was struck by how genuine she was... Radio personality Rhonda Hart dies (Wed, 6/6)

For the Michigan football program, Thursday and Saturday will be all about raising money for Mott Children's Hospital and Women's Hospital. Things kick off with a 12-hour radiothon beginning at 7 a.m. Thursday that will be on four Ann Arbor stations, including WTKA 1050. Michigan coach Lloyd Carr, his assistants and current and former players will participate. Last year, the radiothon raised more than $40,000... Carr leads two days of fund raising (Wed, 6/6)

Local reality star Keith Famie continues to pursue the cultures that have made Metro Detroit what it is today. Last year, Famie, who is of French and Italian heritage, celebrated the area's Italian community. This month, he'll spotlight Polish Americans in his show "Our Story," which airs on 7 p.m. June 16 on WXYZ-TV (Channel 7)... Local reality star's TV show spotlights Polish (Wed, 6/6)

WCSX deems Pet-A-Palooza a success

163 homeless animals were adopted from “Adoption Alley” at the 3rd Annual WCSX Pet-A-Palooza on Saturday, June 2nd at Heritage Park in Taylor, MI. The event was presented by VCA Animal Hospitals and Petco.

Pet-A-Palooza also featured Vladae The Dog Wizard, the Rock and Roll K9’s and Milt Wilcox’s Ultimate Air Dogs. Dogs from all over Metro Detroit competed in the Cutest Pet, Best Dressed Pet and Best Pet Trick contests as well.

The next Pet-A-Palooza is scheduled for Saturday, July 28th from 10am to 7pm at Freedom Hill County Park in Sterling Heights.







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